Animated A-Z: Drip

I’ve learnt so much this week and I’m so pleased with the final outcome. So here it is, D for Drip!


I had this idea from the get go, I just had to work out how I was going to get there! I followed a tutorial about liquid shapes so I could get the hang of that, then it was just a matter of transcribing it into my dripping letter D. The main thing I learnt was how to use CC Rough Edges and how to combine shapes so they all work together as one.

Another swift thing I learnt for this letter was background patterns. I’m really pleased about learning this as it brings the whole animation alive, as whilst I didn’t want to distract away from the main animation, I also didn’t want just a plain, dull background.

All in all I’m very happy with this animation, and I’ve definitely picked up on a number of skills I will continue to use. The whole thing took me about 4 hours in total, but that also includes the time spent on the tutorial.

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog, some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.




Semster 1 Final Pieces

Our work for the first semester has been finished, submitted and marked, so I thought I’d post a summary of the briefs and pieces, and a quick update as to what’s been happening and what’s to come!

My finalised designs.

The International School of Typography Design (ISTD) set a brief that was to focus on a moment in time. I have previously explained about this brief, but as a summary, I chose 31st of October, the day the population hit 7 Billion. I created a typographic poster, about the facts and effects of this big number. It was very well received by my lecturers, and schools, and is now being used as part of a Welsh Baccalaureate lesson plan! It all worked out much better than I could ever imagine, and is the basis now for one of my final major projects, but I’ll talk about that in another post. (I’ll be uploading a photo of the printed version soon, that’s still at my university).

Final – 7 Billion People (PDF)

The next brief was from the Royal School of Art (RSA), and that was to create a set of stamps to encourage people to keep writing letters. I chose the idea of ‘Your Words Will Live On’ and giving examples of famous quotes that have lived on pass the death of the person in question. I wasn’t so keen on the final layout, but my lecturers were very happy with the final design, and it was well received all around (success!).

And last, and definitely least, the personal identity brief. Pretty self explanatory, this brief was to create our own branding, and overall image. We had to create a website, business cards, and an ‘object’ which we would design and bring to interviews to boost chances etc. I didn’t have many idea’s for this for a long time, but eventually settled on an idea using cranes/swans oragami, and was pretty happy with it! (More-so than the other projects!) But oh was I wrong. My lecturers didn’t take a liking to my identity, but luckily, it was meant to be the starting point, not the finalised designs. We have another hand in for this module in a few months, so I’ll be set back to designing and web designing, in order to find an identity I feel comfortable with (and they like too..).

My Website (

Overall, I got a first for this submission, and I was over the moon! I really didn’t expect it, after they told me they thought my identity was too linear for my personality. But I’ll get a second chance with that project at the next submission, and hopefully prove them wrong with a new design!

Feedback would be really appreciated on any of these designs, and most of all the identity project, so it would be awesome to hear for you! Thanks a lot, and better late than never, a happy new year to you all!

RSA – Your Words Will Live On

Another university project! RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) have released their 2011 briefs. I have chosen to participate in the stamp briefs. This is my first set, based on encouraging people to start writing letters again.

The idea is “Your Words Will Live On”. The title is still in deliberation, and I’ve done a number of different ideas that I might post, but currently, these are my favourite. They feature famous quotes from a variety of people, followed by their signature.

As always, I’d love to know what you think of them, and any of my work! So get in touch! Shameless plug, I also have Twitter!

(Click for full size image)

ISTD – 7 Billion People

This is the first project I have completed for this semester (and my first for my last year in university!). The brief is set from ISTD (International Society of Typographic Design) to create a typographic publication based on a certain day.

I have chosen to base my on the 31st October 2011 – the day the 7th billion person was born on earth. I found this so incredible, and started research on a number of different websites. My outcome is designed to display  well on iPad, PC and as a printed poster.

And here’s the final graphic. I’ve finished it as far as I’m aware, but I’m still open to feedback, thank!